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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,716 miles

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2006 Toyota Tacoma steering problems

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2006 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jan 222008


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 30 to 70 mph, the drive train vibrated uncontrollably, and the seat and steering wheel also vibrated. The manufacturer was notified. The dealer replaced the tires, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #20

Jan 232015


  • 142,986 miles
Steering issue. When I turn the steering wheel I experience stiffness on/off on the turn. I noticed the U joint was rusted out. I sprayed it with silicone, worked fine for a while, now the stiffness is back. I believe Toyota needs to recall this U joint replacement. This is a huge safety issue

- Harmony, PA, USA

problem #19

Jun 172016


  • 132,000 miles
Steering issue. When I turn the steering wheel I experience stiffness on/off on the turn. I noticed the U joint was rusted out. I sprayed it with silicone, worked fine for a while, now the stiffness is back. I believe Toyota needs to recall this U joint replacement. This is a huge safety issue.

- Abington, MA, USA

problem #18

Oct 312013


  • 130,000 miles


Whiled I was driving I went over a bump in the road. The fan on my truck started making a loud noise. I took the vehicle to a repair shop to be checked. This I when I found out that the frame on my 2005 Toyota Tacoma was cracked and caving in where the motor mounts attach to the frame. This caused the motor to drop down and the fan started hitting on the shroud. Also it pierced a hole in my upper oil pan when the motor dropped down and hit the rack and pinion. Upon research there are many many cases of this happening to the 2005 -2006 Tacoma trucks. This is clearly a safety issue that Toyota refuses to fix.

- Panaca, NV, USA

problem #17

Aug 102015


  • 70,435 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the steering column detached from the vehicle. The contact stated that the steering column was reattached to the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the diagnosis was unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,435.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #16

Apr 172015


  • 1,111,722 miles
After frame was replaced I started having stiffness in my steering.

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #15

Apr 042015


  • 106,000 miles


With out warning, my steering got very stiff and the wheels would not return to center automatically. After researching I found that it could be the U-joint on the lower steering shaft. I sprayed lubricant on the U-joint and this temporarily resolved the issue. The binding returns every week or so. The U-joint is not protected from the elements allowing road grime, salt and other contaminants to get into the U-joint. This is a very big safety concern and should be recalled. When I spoke to the dealer they stated to keep lubing it until it stops working. This seems to be dangerous and I will be working to replace it. I am seeing that the cost is ~ $350 to have a dealership perform the repair. Please investigate as this is a very big safety issue and many Tacoma owners of the 2005 to at least the 2012 model are indicating having this issue at different mileage.

- West Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #14

Sep 102014


  • 130,000 miles
Steering shaft binds suddenly at lower universal joint, resulting in loss of steering input.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #13

Feb 152015


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel was difficult to turn left or right. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Haledon, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jan 072015

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Several weeks ago my power steering started to act erratically. It felt like I had no help with the steering. I had to struggle to turn the steering wheel. Then a few moments later it would feel better but the return motion in the power steering would still be sluggish. The dealership service said to check the fluid level and add fluid if necessary. I topped off the power steering fluid. That helped a little, but the sluggishness in the power steering continued to be erratic. Made an appointment for 1/7/2015 with the local dealership. Upon arriving at the dealership, one of the service writers explained that the universal joint in the power steering column had gotten dirty over the years and was now slowly breaking down. He said it was very expensive to fix and to just continue driving until it gradually is consistently very sluggish. Going down the highway a 65 mph and having the power steering freeze up on you as you are making a turn is very dangerous for me, my family and other motorist. How many people have to die before Toyota has a recall for this problem?

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #11

Oct 062014


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the steering wheel became extremely tight and difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where it was diagnosed that the steering knuckles were rusted and that the U-joint needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #10

Jul 162014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 91,500 miles
Returning home with my grandson from visiting a state university I head a knocking sound in the front of the vehicle. I thought a rubber bushing had failed because previous models of Toyota (tercels) made the same sound when the torsion bar bushings needed to be replaced. Upon returning home I found the sway bar had come out of the left bracket which secures it to the frame and was striking the front left spring of the spring and shock absorber assembly. The sway bar bracket had bent under the weight of the sway bar because the frame had rusted out where the rear sway bay bracket mounting bolt connects to the frame. There is no frame material on the bottom of the frame to reattach the sway bar bracket.the bottom of the frame has rusted out. Looking at the bottom of the frame it has excessive rust. I have owned Toyota since 1977 or 78. Owning tercels, corolla, Camry, 1995 Toyota pickup and a 4runner. Toyota quality this Tacoma is not!

- Roxbury, CT, USA

problem #9

Jun 132014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The brake lines are all rusty on my truck. I had to have one brake line replaced and all are in danger of leaking at any time. There is so much rust on the underside of my truck that more of the brake lines are going to break and cause an accident. Also I just had to have the steering rack replaced at 63000 miles and the lines to the steering rack were rusty and had to be replaced.

- Damascus, VA, USA

problem #8

May 012014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The power steering on my 2006 Toyota Tacoma stops working and makes it almost impossible to steer at times. I had it towed to the Toyota dealer and they said they could not find any thing wrong with the steering. It seems to just happen at times but it could very easily cause an accident when it does. Updated 11/24/2014

- Damascus, VA, USA

problem #7

Mar 042013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle became extremely difficult to steer. The contact applied grease to the universal joint in the steering shaft but the remedy failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Langdon, NH, USA

problem #6

Mar 012012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 164,000 miles
The Tacoma intermediate steering shaft is unprotected and exposed to the elements under the truck, this problem is common with all Tacoma from 2005 to present 1012 model. My steering began to lock while driving at highway speed giving the feel that I could not turn the truck. The problem appears suddenly and for a short time seems to come and go. According to numerous forum websites, this is becoming a wide spread problem. Due to its exposure to the elements, the universal joint fails and binds making the vehicle feel like the steering wheel is locking up. Spraying the joint with a penetrant will loosen it temporarily to confirm that this is the problem. If not corrected, the universal may bind completely or snap, this will undoubtedly cause loss of steering or control at highway speed. I recently had mine replaced by a Toyota dealership and I am aware of many others with the same issue. This can be a serious safety issue resulting in a crash or even death! other manufacturers that I am aware of cover their universal with a plastic cover device to protect it from the elements, Toyota does not. My vehicle had this failure at 164,000 miles, but I know of failures with as little as 60,000 miles.

- Finleyville, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 272011


  • 86,000 miles
Noticed rust on the frame of the vehicle with heavier amounts near/on weld points, & bolt points. Rust is accumulating on the steering tie rods. Heavy rust on rear differential and various steering component parts. I consider the amount of rust on the frame and the above mentioned components a manufacturer's defect. If any of the components fail while I am driving I could crash and injure, or kill another motorist/myself. I spoke with Toyota of sd service rep who told me I should contact Toyota. I have a 100,000/10yr extended service plan and want this resolved prior to the time frame running out.

- Coronado, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 052010

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
2006 Toyota Tacoma double cab, V-6, 4WD. I bought this truck new from palmer's Toyota in mobile, al. At 72,000 miles, the driver's side airbag light came on. Took the truck in for service and it was determined that the spiral cable in the steering column was bad. The cost to repair is in excess of $500! I chose not to repair at the time - have been driving with the light on for a week now. Service rep said that until repair is made, my airbags were "disabled". it appears that alot of Toyota owners are experiencing this same problem. What are the chances that this could be investigated and possibly Toyota issuing a recall for this?

- Moss Point, MS, USA

problem #3

Oct 122009


  • miles
Accident on a four way street, gas pedal and steering wheel stuck.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 292009


  • 1,400 miles
My 2006 Tacoma developed a leak at the rack for the power steering at 1600 miles and was discovered at two months outside of warranty. Dealer and Toyota America have refused to cover this failure. I have noted over the internet that several other Tacoma owners have had this same failure which may be the result of the power steering unit not being robust enough to handle the large (stock) tires on the vehicle.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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